Food and drink
Good local produce and BYOB are Howies' buzz words. Each Howies has a chef who puts together his own menu, so this is a group of individual restaurants rather than a chain. The menus change all the time though Scottish produce is always prominent. Game, as such venison, pheasant, partridge and rabbit, are real favourites in the winter months and lighter summer options include salmon, herring, fresh herbs and leaves.
The banoffie pie has been popular since day one and is unmissable. The haggis spring rolls with chilli dipping sauce - traditional food with a twist - are also big sellers!
A Georgian meeting room, which was built to celebrate the winning of the battle of Waterloo, is now a substantial restaurant seating about 80. You'll see amazingly high ceilings, warm colours, open fires in the winter and ever-changing art on the walls.
Due to the height of the ceiling, the wooden floor, the gallery and the raised stage area, the acoustics in here are wonderful - just in case you feel like bursting into song. Such is the realxed atmosphere you might get a round of applause.
In summer it is bright and airy and in winter, cosy and welcoming. How they do that? I have no idea but it works.
Informal, friendly. Expect to pour your own wine.
Waterloo Place is really a continuation of Princes Street, so it is about as central as you can get.
Main courses from about £12.95, starters from £4.
Tables to book
Ask for a table in the raised area; the best spot for people-watching.
www.howies.uk.com lists all Howies branches; there are four in Edinburgh and one in Aberdeen.
VIctoria Street, which is handy for The Royal Mile, is split into two distinct rooms; the room closest to the kitchen is the lightest, airiest option. If you want romance and discretion, then go for the other.
Howies Alva Street is in the heart of the west end and recently rebranded as a Scottish tapas restaurant - food for sharing and very good it is too. Below street level, with a light conservatory area to the back. Cosy upholstered booths, and individual iron work and the tapas idea make it stand out from the crowd.
Bruntsfield Place is in a lovely old bank building in a student and residential area a mile from Princes Street on the way to Morningside.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers